In addition to Retrocomputing and VintageScientificComputing, I have an interest in history more broadly. Specifically, I am interested in historical reconstruction (a la the holodeck in Star Trek: TNG) and the potential of VR to help facilitate accurate depictions of past places and cultures.
I propose to use the noun retroscape ("A landscape or setting filled with things from the past." according to Wiktionary) as a verb to refer to such virtual reconstructions. I believe in using historical data aggregated from multiple sources (archives, historical societies, flea markets, cartographers, etc) to re-animate humanity's collective past.
Below I list links related to the fields and tools that are most necessary to facilitate this interest.
NYPL Surveyor : A crowdsourced tool that allows you to enrich the metadata of historical photographs by giving them an associated geolocation. Currently only scoped to NYC.
Photogrammetry is the science/engineering/art of generating 3d objects by inferring their shape from 2d photos.
Introduction to Photogrammetry by T. Schenck
360 Degree Photography
Google Jump used to seem pretty cool, until Google's ADHD kicked in
VR180 is Google's latest venture (because I guess the full 360 degrees was too much to ask)
- I stand by my trusty Ricoh Theta V.
Conversion of Illustrations and Grayscale Photographs to Photorealistic 3d Models